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Meet one of the superintendent finalists

We now know who the three finalists are for the top job in the Buffalo Public Schools: Pamela Brown, Amber Dixon and Edward Newsome.

Dixon and Newsome will be meeting with the press this week as part of their candidate activities prior to the board interviews on Friday.

Pamela BrownBut Brown, because of a family emergency, was not able to come to town this week. She'll be heading to Buffalo as soon as her situation permits.

But you don't have to wait to meet her.

Here's a clip from WTBN from two years ago, when she was a finalist for the superintendency in Youngstown, Ohio.

In it, Brown -- former assistant superintendent and interim chief academic officer in Philadelphia -- talks about growing up in Mississippi until the age of 9, then having her mother move Brown and her siblings to Los Angeles for better educational opportunities.

After growing up in a low-income, single-parent household, Brown earned a full scholarship to Stanford, she said. She talks about being able to relate to the challenges faced by students in an urban district.

And what does she say is essential for improving student performance?

"When there’s strong instruction and strong support offered in the school setting, it makes all of the difference in the world," she said. "And it does, in fact, account for the majority for the gains students are able to make academically."

- Mary Pasciak

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Denise Jewell Gee

Denise Jewell Gee

Denise Jewell Gee joined The Buffalo News in 2007 and currently covers education and suburban schools. She also writes a column for the City & Region section and previously covered government in Erie County and Niagara Falls. Gee graduated from Boston University with degrees in journalism and political science.

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Tiffany Lankes

Tiffany Lankes

Tiffany Lankes joined The Buffalo News in 2013 and primarily covers the Buffalo Public Schools. She has written about education since 2003 at newspapers in Florida and New York. In 2008, she was a nominated finalist for The Pulitzer Prize. Lankes is an Amherst native and graduate of Sacred Heart Academy and Syracuse University. She started her journalism career writing for the News’ NeXt section.

@TiffanyLankes | tlankes@buffnews.com


Sandra Tan

Sandra Tan

Sandra Tan has been a cityside reporter for The Buffalo News since 2000 and currently covers the Buffalo Public Schools beat. She previously covered the Williamsville school district and was a full-time education reporter for five years prior to joining The News. She graduated from the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism.

@BNschoolzone | stan@buffnews.com


Deidre Williams

Deidre Williams

Deidre Williams began working for The Buffalo News in 1999 and currently covers Buffalo Public Schools. She formerly was a suburban reporter on the Northtowns beat and has been a cityside reporter covering communities since 2004. Williams has a mass communications degree from Towson University.

@DeidreWilliamsB | dswilliams@buffnews.com

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